Understanding public university governing boards – Part 3
Obtain a copy of your ballot and be prepared before you head out to vote on November 6.
The first article in this three-part series, “Understanding Public University Governing Boards,” highlighted the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University as university governing boards that are selected by Michigan voters. The second article concentrated on the responsibilities of these boards and how the public can become involved or attend their meetings. This final article explains some details about how candidates are placed on the ballot, the oath of office and what happens when a vacancy occurs.
Each election year, political parties hold state conventions where they nominate two candidates for membership on the board of regents of the University of Michigan, two candidates for membership on the board of trustees of Michigan State University and two candidates for membership on the board of governors of Wayne State University.
If a board member leaves their elected post prior to the end of their term (or is recalled by the voters of Michigan) the governor appoints a successor to fill the vacancy. The appointed individual takes the oath of office and holds the office for the remainder of the unexpired term and until a qualified successor is elected.
Every individual, once elected to these public university boards and before beginning official duties, shall take and subscribe to an oath of office as provided in section 1 of article 11 of the Michigan Constitution.
By visiting the Michigan Votes website, the MLive voter guide or by reviewing “Save Time at the Polls” by Julie Pioch, you can obtain a complete copy of your ballot and review the individuals you will have the opportunity to elect.
Michigan State University Extension has prepared a bulletin that provides Michigan residents with non-partisan, objective information about all of the statewide ballot proposals. Download the free bulletin, GE49 “Statewide Ballot Proposals 2012” from the MSU Extension bookstore.